Laura Wetzel

Marine Science

Eckerd College

Laura Reiser Wetzel, Professor of Marine Science and Geosciences, joined the Eckerd College faculty in 1997.  She teaches a wide variety of courses, including introductory Geological Oceanography, mid-level Earth Materials, and upper-level Earth Structure, Principles of Hydrology, and Solid Earth Geophysics.  She studies mid-ocean ridge tectonics, and is particularly interested in submarine hydrothermal systems.

Before teaching at Eckerd, a small liberal arts college in St. Petersburg, Florida, she earned a bachelor's degree at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, and a doctoral degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Scorpions as Seismologists part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Students investigate how seismologists and scorpions use wave travel times to locate sources of movement. The primary strength of this exercise is that it links geophysics and biology to enhance interest for ...

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Solid Earth Geophysics part of Course Design:Goals Database
An introduction to the quantitative analysis of Earth structure and plate tectonics using earthquake seismology, seismic reflection and refraction, gravity, magnetics, and heat flow.

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Is It a Mineral? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Laura Wetzel, Eckerd College Course: Earth Materials 15 to 20 students Students are more likely to remember a definition when they have struggled to figure it out, first. The Activity I give six or seven objects to ...